Congress passes legislation basing WWI memorial commission in Kansas City

— Legislation has passed both chambers of the U.S. Congress establishing Kansas City as the host city for the World War I centennial commission.

The bill, which was passed by the Senate last month, received final approval from the U.S. House Sunday night with bipartisan support.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, who joined Sen. Roy Blunt in pushing the legislation in the Senate, said the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City is the “perfect location to headquarter this important work.”

If approved by the president, the bill will establish a 12 member commission that would be tasked with developing and executing the nation’s effort to commemorate 100 years since World War I.

“The hardworking folks at the memorial will ensure this commission is a productive group that proudly provides for a nationwide commemoration of the centennial of the ‘Great War,’” McCaskill said.

McCaskill, along with the Blunt and U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Kansas City, have consistently pushed for the World War I museum and memorial in Kansas City to receive status as a national memorial. McCaskill said although this particular legislation does not do that, she will continue to push for it.